Prayer for January 19: Please pray with me. God who takes big risks, encourage us in our risk taking. Not in risky behavior, but rather in taking a risk to live out your call for our lives. Being your follower is a risk. We risk ridicule, anger, separation, and more. Following you is a risky endeavor Lord. We don’t know where it will take us. Following you could cost us dearly – cost us relationships, employment, standing in the public, comfort, and yes, even our very lives. Yet, you call on us to take up our cross and follow you. That’s not about just being uncomfortable and inconvenienced for a short time. This isn’t like the latest fad diet. This about resurrection of life – transformed life – our lives. You risk much in encountering us. You call on us to risk it all too. Let your Spirit come upon us, touch us in a way that sets our hearts on fire, that transforms us and lets our shields down. You are a God of big risks. Open our hearts to that risk for each of our lives. Help us to live out the risky faith that you give us. Don’t hold back the fear that it will cause – that just lets us know we are responding in trust. Let us risk it all for you Lord. Let us take a risk in feeding those that need food, in offering water to those who need a drink, in providing cleanliness for those who need a shower and clean clothes, in helping someone enslaved to drugs find freedom, in setting captives caught in trafficking free, and more. The world needs more risk takers Lord. Make us an instrument of your risk. Amen.